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202AZ Legislature to adjourn - calls needed today!

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  • AZVegan-owner@yahoogroups.com
    Apr 27, 2010
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      These bills have both passed the Senate and need to be heard by the full
      House. More info from The Humane Society of the United States:

      This is it! We are down to the final steps for two good bills at the
      Arizona legislature. They are looking to adjourn this Thursday, so your
      calls are needed right now!

      Please call both of your State Representatives and ask them to support
      SB1085 - orders of protection, animals and SB1125 - public sale of
      animals! (To find your Representatives, visit:
      <http://www.humanesociety.org/stateleglookup> )

      SB1085 - orders of protection, animals:
      <http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=1085> SB1085
      will help protect domestic violence victims – both human and animal.
      People will often stay in abusive situations to protect their pets. By
      allowing a judge to grant custody of the family pets to the victim,
      SB1085 helps get people and pets away from their abusers. Research has
      firmly established a significant link between domestic violence and
      animal abuse. If the pet in the family had been abused, a recent study
      found that 65% of women imperil themselves by staying in order to
      protect their pets. For more info about the connection between human
      violence and animal abuse, visit:

      SB1125 - public sale of animals:
      <http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=1125> Passage of
      SB1125 will just expand the existing law, which covers Maricopa and Pima
      Counties, to create a uniform, state-wide law. In addition to helping
      animals, this is a consumer protection issue - animals sold on the side
      of the road are often products of "puppy mills" that place personal
      profit over public safety and animal welfare. These animals can be
      unhealthy, over-bred, unvaccinated and not spayed or neutered. There is
      no recourse for the person who buys from an anonymous source on the side
      of the road. Animals acquired without careful thinking often end up
      abandoned in public areas, "turned out" of the home, or relinquished to
      an animal shelter. Shelters from around the state are left to deal with
      these animals at a high cost to the public.

      Please call both of your State Representatives now and then spread the
      word! Don't hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank
      you so much for your help in getting these important bills passed!

      Kari Nienstedt
      Arizona State Director, The Humane Society of the United States

      knienstedt@... <_blank>

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